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The Stethoscope App That Parents Can Use at Home

Dr. Andrew Lin and Dr. Hon Weng Chong have pioneered a new diagnostic device: the smartphone stethoscope. The team’s device, the StethoCloud, allows physicians and parents alike to diagnose pulmonary illnesses like pneumonia. StethoCloud In 2012, the doctors entered their prototype in the Microsoft Australian Image Cup—and won first place. The StethoCloud has come a […]

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SensiCardiac: iPhone App Turns Stethoscope Sounds into Digital Waveform

The SensiCardiac iPhone app from Diacaustic Medical Devices promises to usher in a new era of cardiac auscultation with its incredible new features. The app utilizes baked-in intelligence to analyze heart murmurs—the heart abnormalities that can signal a life-threatening heart defect. Many murmurs are harmless, and it’s up to doctors to tell the difference. When […]

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How Air Spaces Stimy Ultrasound Scanners and Why the Stethoscope Reigns Supreme

The stethoscope is nearing its 200th birthday, and some medical experts believe that it’s time for an upgrade. These individuals maintain that the underpinnings of the stethoscope’s replacement exists: ultrasound technology. Within a few years—a decade, at most—they say, ultrasound technology will be miniaturized. According to these experts, handheld ultrasound devices, reminiscent of the Star […]

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What’s in a Waveform? Digital Stethoscopes Reveal More

Doctors have for generations diagnosed heart problems with the manual stethoscope, learning over time to recognize the characteristic sound of various heart murmurs. Heart conditions such as the atrial septal defect and the ejection systolic murmur typically sound the same from patient to patient. Still, there is a significant amount of overlap in sound between […]

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The Thinklabs Medical iMurmur App: Teaching Clinicians to Recognize Heart Abnormalities

The digital stethoscope has made it possible for doctors and medical students to record heart sounds in high fidelity and to transmit these sounds in real time if need be. The electronic stethoscope was, for a long time, subject to interference and noise, but innovations from firms like 3M, Thinklabs Medical and Eko Devices have […]

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The Stethoscope and the Internet of Things

The stethoscope has been at the forefront of medical diagnostic science for the entirety of its existence, even while the creation of sophisticated ultrasound technology threatens to change that. Stethoscope manufacturers like 3M, Thinklabs Medical and Eko Devices hope to keep the 200-year-old device relevant by taking advantage of advances in communications technology— specifically, the […]

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How the 3M Scope-to-Scope System Allows Clinicians to Listen to Heartbeats from Space in Real Time

The stethoscope has a long and proud history, having been invented nearly 200 years ago. The stethoscope’s inventor, René Laennec, built the first version so that he wouldn’t have to put his ear to his patients’ lice-ridden chests. Laennec’s stethoscope was little more than a wooden tube that channeled sound waves a few inches. Today’s […]

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